Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah Monday urged the nation to stand and work unitedly against terrorist and extremist mindset for ensuring peace in the country.

Talking to media persons after `Talented Student Week' function held at Islamabad College for Girls (ICG), F-6/2, he termed Quetta incident as security failure and said intelligence agencies should trace the extremists hideouts.

He urged the political parties to avoid politics on such incidents and join hands with the government to root out those elements who are working against national interests.   

He said it was the demand of the people of Quetta after the previous attack to impose Governor rule but the terrorists had again attempted to strike through the recent blast.

He said Pakistan People's Party-led government has nearly completed its tenure and it is now time for golden jubilee, for being the 50th session of the Parliament.

On a question about the Finance Minister, he said " Dr Hafeez Sheikh remained with us for a long time and if PML-N wants to propose him for caretaker Prime Minister, PPP will have no objection on it".

About role of MQM after quitting alliance with PPP, he said if MQM wanted to be in opposition, then this is their right.

On the upcoming polls, Khurshid Shah said polls of the provincial and national assemblies should be held on the same day.

"If polls in Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and National Assembly are held on the same day and Punjab refuse to dissolve assembly in March and delays the polls, thus it will not be appropriate for Punjab", he added.

Earlier during the function, students of Islamabad College for Girls (ICG), F-6/2 presented different skits, songs, and tableaus to entertain the audience.

The students who stood first, second and third position in the competitions of Talented Students Week were awarded with prizes and certificates.

The students exhibited their works in painting, flower arrangements, computer graphics and embroidery.

Khurshid Shah distributed shields among winning students and announced cash prizes of Rs 10,000 for the each winner and Rs 5,000 for the participants of a national song performance.

The Minister also assured to construct child care centre, fulfilling the demand of college.